Rome, Greece , Egypt , New York
Rome ....we managed to have a good look around the main sights.
Missed our flight Rome to Athens thanks to a completely hopeless airport transfer bus system in Rome ......I was not happy! But managed to find a hotel for the extra night and got a morning flight to Athens .....it didn't mess up any bookings in Greece which was good. I loved Athens , people had told me it was dirty and grotty but I didn't find that. Lots of street music, outside eating and nice warm weather. We caught the train to Kalakaua meteora ......what an amazing place, these enormous rocks come out of the ground from nowhere !, and then the monesteries are built into them. We had a sunset tour and entered a couple of the monesteries. This town is truely a majestic place, will put some pics up...but they still don't show just how breathtaking the place is. We also had another tour in the morning and entered another three monesteries. Am so pleased we came to this place. The tour guide was great. Got the train back to Athens 5.5 hrs . Next day I did the 1 day Greek island tour of three islands which turned out just to be two because of a delay leaving the 1st island Hydra. The day was sunny just a bit of a cool wind, hydra was a lovely wee place with touristy shops around the port, the next island was not so lovely and I managed to pick the grottiest cafe there....but never mind. It was a shame we didn't get to pours as it looked like a nice place. I got to the Acropolis and some of the other sights on the last day, lovely warm weather again which was great. We flew out to Egypt , a wee delay at the airport as our tour pickup person wasn't at Cairo when we arrived due to the plane being a few minutes early. It wasn't that easy getting back into the airport terminal due to security but our guide arrived and things were all good. Our hotel was a bit dingy in Cairo .....but was ok....I hadn't got the accomodation upgrade so it was about what I was expecting. We had two days guided tour around Cairo, a two hour camel ride around the Giza pyrimids.......I prefer riding elephants!. Cairo is nuts!!! Traffic wise.....20 million people.....its just crazy and took a bit of adjusting two. We were able to get a flight to Aswan instead of the 14 hour night train....which is not very nice apparently.....so that was a bonus. We got on the Nile cruise ship which was great for three night and just lovely, great weather temps in the 20s and 30s saw lots of temples, tombs . Tourists seem to get ripped off a lot and everyone is on the take with backhander payments. Because of this my Egypt budget was blown out of the water....never mind. We had a great hot air balloon ride over Luxor.....it doesn't seem right huge flames going into a balloon!. Awesome though.
We arrived into New York last night..big flight and it's snowing today. About to head out into the big apple